Basement remodeling is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase home value and living space, but it also presents challenges not found in any other part of the house.
Conditions like lack of daylight, low ceiling height, and exposed mechanical systems are issues unique to the lower level. You also want to ensure healthy air quality in an area prone to dampness and poor ventilation.
Exposed ductwork –Choose a decorative suspended ceiling to hide ductwork, plumbing, and electrical cables, while providing access for maintenance or repairs.
Drywall is expensive to tear out and replace. A drop ceiling is a better solution since it hides your home’s systems and provides easy access when needed. Drop ceiling panels are also easy to replace if they become damaged.
Moisture – A dehumidifier will help remove moisture, especially during the summer months. Also look for suspended ceiling products that offer sag resistance and are specially treated to inhibit the spread of odor- and stain-causing mold and mildew on the surface.
Lighting – Reduce the need for electric light fixtures by installing a highly reflective suspended ceiling. Armstrong offers ceiling panels that reflect up to 90% of the light that strikes their surface.
Noise reduction – Suspended ceilings can reduce echo and improve sound quality in a basement room. Acoustic panels do an excellent job of absorbing up to 70% of the sounds that strike their surface and preventing sound from passing into adjacent rooms.
Improved indoor air quality – Minimize formaldehyde in the air that can get trapped due to lack of ventilation. Ceiling panels like Armstrong’s Brightex with AirGuard™ actively remove up to 50% of formaldehyde from the air for up to 10 years.
Flooring – If you’re remodeling on a budget, select a floor you can install yourself. Durable laminate floors are DIY-friendly and can be installed in moisture-prone basements.
Plumbing – When adding a bathroom, position it near your water heater to take advantage of the plumbing system already in place.
Heating – Make sure your current heating system will be able to handle the additional capacity for your new space.
Electric outlets – Strategically placed outlets add convenience.
Go green – Consider using eco-friendly products for your basement remodel to reduce energy costs.
With these tips, create your own checklist for your basement project. Advance planning will help you achieve the basement design you want.